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         March 23, 2005

Republican Legislators Agree on Compromise to Approve 2005 Capital Plan

Nassau County Legislator Francis X. Becker, Jr. (R-Lynbrook) recently approved a compromised version of the 2005 Capital Plan. The compromise will allow the County to commence with projects that will improve infrastructure such as roadways and buildings. In addition, by approving the plan, the Legislature gave approval to the County Executive to commit $5 million to purchase an improved radio communications network for the Police Department and $2.5 million (which will be matched by the state) to Nassau County Community College for upgrades to their antiquated student registration system. "The Community College will now have the necessary funding to upgrade their website to allow students to register over the internet. The new radio system will allow greater communication between patrol cars for increased safety of our residents and police officers. The Police Department and Nassau Community College will receive necessary resources that are long overdue," said Legislator Becker.

The approval of the Capital Plan will result in the spending of approximately $96 million this year on park and road improvements as well as other capital projects. The Republican Legislators had refused to commit to the plan unless the County Executive eliminated $60 million in spending and ensured that police precincts remained at their present location. "I am pleased that we were able to work out a compromise so work can be started to improve the County's crumbling infrastructure. The approval of the new police radio system and the upgrades to Nassau Community College's computer registration program were too important to be used as a political issue. My delegation was committed in making sure these important items were not held up due to partisan politics," added Legislator Becker.

The residents of the 6th Legislative District will directly benefit from the approval of the capital plan. Numerous roadway repair projects in Lynbrook, Valley Stream and the surrounding communities are outlined in the Capital Plan. In addition, the 5th precinct will remain at its present location and will continue to serve the residents of Nassau County. "In approving the Capital Plan, the Legislature took a big step forward in allowing the County to commence work on a number of important projects designed to improve the quality of life of the residents of the 6th Legislative District," added Legislator Becker.

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